August 4 – 10, 2017Vol. 19, No. 9

This conceptual drawing shows the proposed Belgrade Village Green at the intersection of West Road and Route 27 (Augusta Road/Main Street) at the south end of Belgrade Lakes Village. Looking from the picnic area, one sees a low, semicircular rock wall and a gazebo. West Road is in the background. More . . .

Cover Story

The Gift of a Park

Peaceful, well-planned, and perfect for public use and enjoyment! The proposed gift of the Belgrade Village Green to the Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village provides a unique dimension to the program of downtown enhancement that the Friends have been developing over the past three years. More . . .


A Winter Apprentice Review

I missed hearing this author present recently at Belgrade Public Library, so I called him on the phone to express my appreciation of his wordsmith expressions in A Winter Apprentice. In each chapter, John Holt tells a boat story that will catch your imagination even if you are not a carpenter. More . . .


Maine Farm Days Just Weeks Away

Kennebec County remains a county full of farms. We have fewer dairy farms than we used to, but just about the same number of cows being milked. We have some of the largest dairy farms in Maine. And in the Clinton area, the "Dairy Capitol of Maine", they will be hosting Maine Farm Days. This year, it is on Wednesday and Thursday, AugustĀ 23 and 24. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Belgrade's Oil Embargo of '73/'74

WHAT oil embargo you ask? People in Belgrade and every other town and city in America became seriously affected. Lines at the gas pumps were very long in high population areas; heating oil prices became untenable for many; and many other products that required oil for production (most all) became much more expensive. More . . .

Take It

Youth Learning About the Outdoors

This was an abbreviated week for me. My wife and I took a long weekend to visit our kids in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but I got back in time to head to Rangeley for a day, where I spent a few hours fly-fishing the Kennebago River in the rain and then served as the opening night campfire speaker for the Junior Maine Guides' 80th annual encampment. More . . .

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